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Can music help the environment? And what are the similarities between addiction and the climate crisis? We looked at the history of music and the biosphere and also spoke to Dr Helen M Prior, who is researching this subject. Given the vast scientific data now available, it’s difficult to deny that the world is facing[…]

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This time last year, the New Note Orchestra were recording their first album. “Kind Rebellion” came out in December of 2021 and has been well received. But where did the concept of the modern album come from? And is it still relevant?  The first instance of recorded audio goes all the way back to 1857,[…]

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Listening to music can trigger emotions and memories, while playing music uses the brain’s motor system, creativity centres and relies on long, medium and long-term memory. Musical ability  has been associated with both genius and madness. With such a strong connection to what goes on in our heads, it is no wonder that music and[…]

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The global Covid 19 pandemic was difficult on many fronts, and the closing down of public spaces meant concerts became impossible. Now performers are returning, and this April, the New Note Orchestra went to the Brighton Dome to watch The London Philharmonic Orchestra and experience the power of live music. Recorded music was only invented[…]

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On Tuesday 5th April, the New Note Orchestra rehearsals took a more competitive edge, as we put aside our normal repertoire and played some football songs. But there was no Vindaloo or Three Lions, this was done New Note style, by composing a brand new piece from scratch with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.   Kick[…]

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“When you hear somebody with balls, that’s me.” — Carol Kaye of The Wrecking Crew, bass player and guitarist on more than 10,000 records. “Can’t no man play like me.” — Sister Rosetta Tharpe The story of popular music has usually been one of male pioneers with a few token women. But in recent years,[…]

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“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Bishop Desmond Tutu,  theologian, human rights activist, 1931–2021 It could be a random act, such as buying a stranger a coffee or sending a box of cakes to the nurses at your local[…]

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If you’ve watched our music video The Tree, you’ll have heard spoken word artist Craig Neesam using some very powerful lyrics over the music to recount chapters of his life story; lyrics such as these: ADHD, OCD, PTSD Autism spectrum as far as the eye can see These do not define me and assign me[…]

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Here is the second film we produced during the lockdown 2020. The Wood was directed by film maker Angus Cameron, which was showcased recently at the opening and closing gatherings of the Creative High Inspiration Series  This film was created filmed just as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions eased back in summer 2020 in Three-Cornered Copse[…]

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We’re very proud to present our latest short film ‘The Tree’ produced by film maker Angus Cameron, which was showcased recently at the opening and closing gatherings of the Creative High Inspiration Series. The Tree features original composition, composed by New Note Orchestra, with some very powerful words written and performed by Craig Neesam The[…]

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It was a rainy morning just after lockdown and, in a first get-together since lockdown restrictions eased, New Note’s musicians met in a woodland in Hove to create a unique composition to accompany an online exhibition of some of Brighton Museum’s best-loved artworks. Inspired by some of the rich images of landscapes that appear in[…]

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